I have learned (don't remember sources offhand) that raw food is not preferable for mishloach manos, because it isn't edible.

I was wondering if the same would apply to giving frozen food as mishloach manos.

My reason for wondering is that, on the one hand it would be the same as raw food in that the recipient cannot eat it as it is received. But on the other hand, he doesn't have to do anything to it to make it edible - just wait and it will be edible.

My question is both if it will defrost by the end of the day of Purim or even if it won't.

I already asked my Rabbi and got my answer, so this isn't a practical question - I am only interested to try and find sources who discuss it. My googling attempts came up dry.

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    "I already asked my Rabbi and got my answer". Huh??? If you have the answer, already, why don't you post your own (or, rather, your rabbi's) answer?
    – DanF
    Feb 27, 2018 at 23:48
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    @DanF Because my personal Rabbi of our small local shul is probably not an authoritative source that most people would be interested in.
    – jim
    Feb 27, 2018 at 23:50
  • That may be personal opinion, but OK. Why not, at least, summarize his opinion in your question, then? It may offer some insight as to where he may have been getting the info from.
    – DanF
    Feb 27, 2018 at 23:52
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    @DanF His answer was "I think it's fine." I don't imagine that would be very helpful.
    – jim
    Feb 27, 2018 at 23:53
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    @DanF No. He said raw food is not preferable, and asked "if the same would apply." I don't see how you can possibly see that as asking anything other than if the problem with raw applies to frozen. Feb 28, 2018 at 18:50

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This website (Chabad) says specifically that a frozen food that cannot be eaten as is, is not good for Mishloach Manos. The source quoted is the Mishna Berura 695:19, which does not say anything about it specifically, but does mention the general rule of edible food. I'm not sure this website is the authoritative source that you are looking for, though.

Rav Mordechai Eliyahu's summary here may indicate that it would apply equally to frozen food (however, a frozen chicken may just not be cooked, h/t to DoubleAA):

ולא יאמר אדם לחברו שהוא מעדיף שישלח לו עוף קפוא, אלא ישלח לו עוף מבושל דווקא שיהיה ראוי לאכילה מיידית‏

Rav Avraham Yosef here rules that a frozen Pizza would count as one of the two foods needed for Mishloach Manos.


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